Upper Room Mission looking for help to serve up meals

Meals will be available at the People Place starting Thursday

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission is turning to the community after a devastating flood.

Restaurants and other businesses are being sought to provide and serve meals after a broken pipe caused significant water damage in the mission Monday night.

“We are still looking for community support,” said Lisa Anderson, spokesperson.

As of Thursday, breakfast (9 a.m.), lunch (noon) and dinner (4 p.m.) will be served at the People Place. Those in attendance can use the back stairwell to access food services. Those with mobility issues can use the front entrance/elevator. The Upper Room Mission will open its washroom facilities during meals.

There are still shifts available for businesses to assist at breakfast, lunch and dinner this week.

“All of next week is open,” said Anderson, adding that it will take six to eight weeks to repair all of the damage in the mission.

The People Place is committed to providing the temporary location until the Upper Room Mission has access to its kitchen for meals.

All of the food in the mission was contaminated by the water so cash donations are being sought so food can be purchased once the mission reopens. Food donations are not being accepted because of a lack of storage.

A trust account has been set up at VantageOne Credit Union, and donations can be made at any VantageOne Branch. The account number is 943555. Year-end tax receipts will be issued.

For information, call 250-549-1231 local 29 or e-mail lisa.anderson@vernonurm.org.